Another quick post from a summer job at SolMarket, here in Valencia. This is the third year that this food festival has run and each year it gets bigger and better. Situated on the beach, loads of different food trucks, live music and artisan stalls. Really lovely place to spend an evening. Don´t miss it next year if you are around the Valencia area!
While we were out the other day, Emma had the idea of trying to get some more movement into some of my shots. So we started messing about on the beach and actually came up with some pretty fun photographs. This got me thinking about movement , the stages of movement from start to finish, and how we very rarely see the in-between. These 4 shots below show the motion of water from start to finish... we usually only see the water just before it hits you in the face due to some child swimming past kicking their feet at 200bpm. The photographs work as a group of 4, more than individual shots. I was really pleased how they came out.
So the idea is that over the next month I´ve set a goal to try and capture more of these moments within this format. 4 complementing shots that show a process from start to finish, hopefully showing something that is usually to fast to normally be seen. Hope you like them, and please let me know if you have any ideas for a subject that would work well in this format.
(Click on any of the images below to enlarge and see the set as a whole)
These shots where taken on the beach in Valencia, El Saler .
This last weekend I had the pleasure of being able to photograph Sylvie Leys. A French Saxophonist studying here in Valencia , at Berklee College of Music. We had only met once before, however knowing that we both share a love for the saxophone meant that we kind of had a head start on the idea of photography and things to talk about when doing the shoot. The day I get a shoot where the people want to talk about football is going to be a tricky one.
Sylvie is super relaxed, which makes things a lot easier, and the only real main idea was that we wanted to get a warm sunny feel to the shots. Normally this would be easy in Valencia, but I think I have lost count of the number of times we had to reschedule due to rainy, cloudy grey days. So the sun was out, everything great... until I held Sylvie´s sax while she got up onto a wall for some more shots. I got a huge wave of Saxophone envy!! Selmer balanced action tenor. I need that saxophone!!
Another try out with new situations again! The same as with my music and the Saxophone, I think its important to push your art and try to put yourself in situations you aren't really comfortable in. With photography I´m happiest when shooting live gigs, or portraiture. This isn't to say I don't enjoy all the other scenarios, just that thats´s where I feel most comfortable. So when I got the opportunity to capture toddler twins I jumped at the chance.... I now have a new found, super respect for full time child portrait photographers. How do you get them to keep still. Hahahah
Chatting to a photographer friend who has done a lot of portrait work, he later gave the best piece of advice you could ever give. Patience! Wait for the moment... the more you try to get the little dudes to look at the camera, the more they are going to want to run around pretending to be racing cars or elephants. And when one is smiling and happy, the other will do everything he can to add some comedy value to a near perfect shot. (Nothing I don't try to do when friends take pictures of me though).
So from speaking to a few people, photographers and friends, I think the conclusion is that people really love these lenses or really hate them. Here´s where I stand: I love seeing a great shot made with a fish eye... but as a photographer I think its really hard to do! Hahah, think I have a love hate relationship with this lens!
Most people don't use a fish eye for portrait shots. It just makes people look wierd! But I had a go at a Thursday night gig we go to, and a few shots came out ok. I guess its just remembering to pay attention to the whole frame, as these things take such a wide view, its very easy to get a detail that could easily mess up the photograph. I got Caroline in this one, holding the off set flash. But in the end I really like it!
Here´s a go at a landscape shot from before christmas. Its obvious that its been taken with a fish-eye due to the curve of the tree and steps, but I think it frames the picture and like it. The colours on this Rokinon 8mm f2.8 are great. And the manual focus is also easy to use as the lens is so wide. (On top of all that, Im not climbing the huge hill to get up there again to try and get a better shot).
Introducing Ella, my dog/model. I think she is getting fed up of me taking shots of her. However she´s cheap and I can pay her in sausages and bacon. This is a photograph taken with the idea of using the distortion as a composition tool. I wanted to show the curve in the top 3rd, but also curve my silhouette. The final thing was to get Ella as "in proportion" as possible, thats to say undistorted. The closer the centre objects are placed , when using fish eyes, the less distortion. Anyway, I think it works, and Ella was happy with the shot too.